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Yankees who debuted in 2017

Baby Bombers have arrived in the Bronx in bunches this season. So far in 2017, the Yankees have had 12 players make their big-league debut.

Caleb Smith, LHP

Date: July 17 Age: 25 Smith got off
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Date: July 17
Age: 25
Smith got off to a good start, pitching two scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh innings with the Yankees and Twins tied at 2-2. But then he let up two runs on four hits and a walk in the eighth to take the loss.

Garrett Cooper, 1B

Debut: July 14 Age: 26 In a whirlwind
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Debut: July 14
Age: 26
In a whirlwind couple of days, Cooper, who started the year with Brewers Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs, was dealt to the Yankees for lefthander Tyler Webb on July 13 and made his big-league debut the following day. He went 0-for-4 against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Clint Frazier, OF

Debut: July 1 Age: 22 Frazier became the
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Debut: July 1
Age: 22
Frazier became the first Yankee in 100 years with a home run and a double in his MLB debut. He struck out in his first at-bat in the third inning against the Astros. Frazier doubled to left in his second at-bat, which came in the sixth inning and came around to score on Gary Sanchez's RBI single three batters later. He led off the seventh with a homer to left on a 1-2 slider off Tony Sipp in his third at-bat, then fouled out in the ninth, giving him a 2-for-4 debut with two runs scored, an RBI and a strikeout.

Dustin Fowler, OF

Debut: June 29 Age: 22 Fowler's debut was
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Debut: June 29
Age: 22
Fowler's debut was cut short in heartbreaking fashion. The Yankees' 18th-round selection in 2013 suffered an open rupture of his right patella tendon after crashing into the rightfield wall in foul territory while chasing a Jose Abreu batted ball in the bottom of the first inning against the White Sox. Fowler, after extricating himself from the crowd, took a step back, then collapsed to the ground. He had to be carted off the field.

Miguel Andujar, 3B

Debut: June 28 Age: 22 It doesn't get
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Debut: June 28
Age: 22
It doesn't get much better than this as far as debuts go. Andujar went 3-for-4 with a walk and four RBIs in a 12-3 win over the White Sox. In his first career at-bat, he drove in two runs on a single up the middle. Andujar, who was the designated hitter, made the jump from Double-A to Triple-A to the majors in the span of 10 days.
The Yankees signed Andujar as a non-drafted free agent in July 2011.

Tyler Wade, UT

Debut: June 27 Age: 22 Wade didn't get
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Debut: June 27
Age: 22
Wade didn't get the start in his debut, but he still made an impact. With the Yankees trailing the White Sox, 1-0, in the top of the eighth, Wade pinch hit for Rob Refsnyder and reached on a walk. He advanced to second on a Jacoby Ellsbury single before scoring the game-tying run on an Aaron Judge single. The Yankees blew a 3-1 lead, though, losing, 4-3, on a walk-off single by Jose Abreu.
The Yankees selected Wade in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

Tyler Webb, LHP

Debut: June 24 Age: 26 Webb delivered an
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Debut: June 24
Age: 26
Webb delivered an efficient 1 1/3 scoreless innings (17 pitches) in his debut, but it was in an 8-1 loss to the Rangers.
The Yankees drafted Webb in the 10th round of the 2013 draft, but the Pirates selected him from the Yankees in the 2016 Rule 5 draft. The Pirates returned Webb to the Yankees before the 2017 season.

Ronald Herrera, RHP

Debut: June 14 Age: 22 With the Yankees
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Debut: June 14
Age: 22
With the Yankees and Angels tied at 5 in the seventh inning on June 14, Herrera relieved Michael Pineda with a chance to keep the Yankees in the game. Herrera got the first two batters to ground out, but after walking Luis Valbuena, he gave up a two-run home run to Andrelton Simmons. That was all the Angels needed as they went on to beat the Yankees, 7-5, giving Herrera his first career loss. He struck out two in his two innings.

Domingo German, RHP

Debut: June 11 Age: 24 In a no-pressure
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Debut: June 11
Age: 24
In a no-pressure situation, German threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to finish a 14-3 win over the Orioles.
The Yankees acquired German from the Marlins in December 2014 in a five-player trade that also included Nathan Eovaldi.

Giovanny Gallegos, RHP

Debut: May 12 Age: 25 Gallegos faced just
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Debut: May 12
Age: 25
Gallegos faced just one batter in his major league debut, but he got the Yankees out of a jam. The Yankees were trailing the Astros, 4-0, in the top of the ninth with Aroldis Chapman on the mound. Chapman allowed a run-scoring single to Josh Reddick followed by a Jose Altuve single before getting the hook. Gallegos came in to face righthanded slugger Carlos Correa and got him to fly out to centerfield on a 1-0 pitch.
The Yankees signed Gallegos as an amateur free agent in January 2011.

Jordan Montgomery, LHP

Debut: April 12 Age: 24 Montgomery, a darkhorse
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Debut: April 12
Age: 24
Montgomery, a darkhorse to win the fifth starter spot in spring training, has emerged as a dependable starter. In his debut, Montgomery allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out seven in 4 2/3 innings in an 8-4 win over the Rays.
The Yankees selected Montgomery in the fourth round of the 2014 draft.

Kyle Higashioka, C

Debut: April 10 Age: 26 In a fairly
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Debut: April 10
Age: 26
In a fairly uneventful debut, Higashioka came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning of an 8-1 win over the Rays in the Yankees' home opener. In his one inning behind the plate, he recorded a putout on a Chasen Shreve strikeout. It was a long-awaited debut for Higashioka, who had spent nine seasons in the minors.
The Yankees drafted Higashioka in the seventh round of the 2008 draft.

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